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Book Review: On Philosophising, Philosophers, Philosophy and New Vistas in Applied Philosophy, by Dr. Sharmila Jayant Virkar

A little bit of context before you begin reading this book review. I have recently enrolled for an MA in Philosophy at the University of Mumbai. Philosophy is something I have been getting interested in, over the past few years, as those of you who have been reading my blogs and Instagram posts would know. During the pandemic, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do next, and this is what I eventually came up with. It has been a challenge, getting back into academics as a student at this age, especially in a subject I have no academic background in. However, it has also been very exciting, especially thanks to my wonderful classmates (who, surprisingly, are of all age-groups, including some quite near my own) and my teachers, who have been very supportive and understanding. How well I will do is something that remains to be seen, but so far, I am enjoying this new journey and look forward to where it leads. Now that you know the background , you probably get an idea of how

Memories of 2013 - Rediscovering Mumbai

I have lived in Mumbai for almost 30 years, and, having wandered around freely and happily, thought I knew the city well. It is only this year that I realised how little I knew about it, especially its hidden secrets. One of the first revelations was a visit to Sewri with the Travel-Logs, who opened my eyes to the incredible history which remains unknown to most of its inhabitants.

The Parel Shiva Heptad



Nothing exemplifies this more than the Parel Shiva Heptad, this monolithic statue of Shiva with seven faces, dating back to the 5th or 6th Century AD. Equally interesting was the Sewri Cemetery, which I hadn't even heard of before. 

Samhith at the BEST Museum


And then, stuck once more at home during the Diwali vacation, we set out on a Museum trail - starting off with the BEST Museum at Anik Depot, then the RBI Monetary Museum, and finally, the CST Heritage Gallery. If the BEST Museum was a big surprise, the Monetary Museum was informative, and the CST Heritage Gallery was sheer delight! We literally had our jaws dropping as we walked along the corridors of the Central Railways Headquarters, seeing the amazing works of art on the walls and pillars! Yes, I have yet to write about it, and I promise, I shall do it soon! 

At the Central Railway Headquarters, CST


Meanwhile, I enjoyed some more Museum time, visiting the Bhau Daji Lad Museum with Sudha Ganapathy, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, first with Samhith, and then by myself, to see the well curated exhibitions. First, there was the Egyptian Mummy, which was a fascinating one, and then, the Flemish Masterpieces which have come all the way from Antwerp! With more interesting exhibitions coming up at the Museum, the New Year is surely going to see me making more trips to the Museum!! 

The beautifully renovated interiors of the  Dr.Bhau Daji Lad Museum


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